Winter nail art roundup

Happy belated New Years, everyone!

I clearly never finished posting the nail art I did for the 12 Days of Christmas challenge. So despite the fact that we’re nearly a week into the new year, I thought I would post some of those challenge manis and the one I wore for Christmas lunch at my grandparents’ house.

My ‘Christmas lights’ and ‘Glitter’ nails are pretty self-explanatory, I think.  The indie star of the Christmas lights nails is Nvr Enuff Festivus, and the glitter nails feature ALIQUID Lacquer House of Troubles and Smitten Polish The First Lobster.

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My ‘Snowmen’ nails might need a little more explanation.  For anyone who has never seen the claymation Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer movie–or who just plain can’t tell who this is–I chose to paint the narrator snowman of the film, Sam.  I wanted to paint his banjo and umbrella too, but I just didn’t have time.  So instead I used Butter London British Racing Green as my background color to pay homage to his signature waistcoat.

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For the ‘Trees’ prompt I chose to do a skitlette mani, using SquareHue Olympiad, Nvr Enuff Festivus, Colors by Llarowe Love, Actually, and a few mainstreams.  My stamping on the ring finger wasn’t great but I really liked how this mani turned out, especially my two ornament nails.

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Finally, the nails I wore to Christmas lunch.  I did another tape Christmas tree, but chose to go the blue-and-silver direction instead of the red-and-green.  So I used LynBDesigns Noel and Pahlish My Sister’s Shoes to make the tree and some dots (to act as abstract representations of snowflakes, of course 😛 ).  I cannot even begin to describe how sparkly Noel was.  It was absolutely gorgeous, and I was disappointed to see that my camera captured virtually none of it.

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And that’s my roundup of Christmas/winter nails!  There were some I loved and some I really didn’t like–my ‘Stars’ nails were such a failure that I deleted all photos of them–and I really wish that I could have had the time and motivation to complete this challenge.  I kind of miss the week-long max of the old CYNA format.  Hopefully we’ll get some shorter challenges in 2017 that I can actually finish! 😛

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 2 – Snowflakes

Hello all!

Today brings the second prompt for the 12 Days of Christmas challenge, which is ‘snowflakes’.  This is another where I couldn’t even hope to top a past design—my Doctor Who snowflake nails are still kind of awesome in my opinion—so I stuck to stamping for this one.  I did decide to challenge myself a bit more by doing a pond mani though.  I unfortunately didn’t have a plain blue jelly that was a light enough color to use, so I had to improvise.

I ended up using Pretty Jelly Curiouser and Curiouser, Sassy Pants Polish Saber the Moment, and a white stamping polish for the snowflakes accent nail and used Saber the Moment and the white for the pond technique on the other snow nails.

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It actually turned out pretty well.  I like it.  I was worried that the shimmer of Saber the Moment wouldn’t really work well for a pond mani but it actually made it look more shiny like snow, as I had hoped.  The pictures don’t look quite as nice as it did in person, but you can still see the layers pretty easily.

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 1 – Silver and gold

And so starts another CYNA challenge!  This month it is centered around Christmas and just like the Halloween challenge back in October, I am meant to be posting a mani every other day leading up to Christmas.

The first prompt of the month is ‘Silver and Gold’.  Nothing could compare to the Yukon Cornelius nails I did for the prompt last year, so I kept it simple this year.  I chose to do a blobbicure with Celestial Cosmetics Incendiary and NailNation 3000 Light Up the Night.

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(And here’s one with more direct lighting, which shows a bit more contrast between the colors)

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This blobbicure actually worked out really well, which was a nice surprise.  Normally the technique doesn’t work quite right for me and so I get really thick nails, but the worst I had this time around was a little bit of merging of blobs.  Does anyone else see the resulting smiley clown face on my middle finger? 😀

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 12 – Freestyle

The final prompt of the challenge!  I’m two days late posting, but I’m glad to get it done at all.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I could possibly do for this prompt.  I didn’t want to freehand anything, but I also didn’t want to do dots or stripes or anything I would typically do on my nails.

Then I spotted ellagee’s bright blue Lickety Split latex barrier sitting amongst my polishes and thought…watermarble?

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Yeah, bad idea.  Watermarbles never turn out the way they should for me.  I struggled with this for way too long for a pretty average end result.  I even tried slightly different patterns, but nothing worked well enough for my tastes.  On the plus side, the polishes I used–Peita’s Polish Triwizard, SquareHue Bird Fling, and Nvr Enuff HHC Festivus–all worked nicely and look good together.  It was just my own skills that were lacking. 😛

But for all that I don’t quite like how each individual nail looks, the overall mani looks pretty okay.  The ring and pinky nails look good at the very least.  So not a bad way to end the challenge!

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 11 – Nightmare Before Christmas images

There are so many things that can be done with a Nightmare Before Christmas prompt!  I was so sad that I just didn’t have the time to do anything to intricate, but I could at the very least do nail art featuring the cutest character in the movie.  That character is Zero, of course.

So I threw down a couple coats of Firecracker Lacquer Penguin Parade and painted the cute ghost puppy with the glowing nose.

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Personally, I like the flash photo better in this case.  I think the brighter white light sort of makes Zero look more ghostly.

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I’m so happy with how he looks!  Strictly speaking, his nose should have been a pumpkin, but I thought the plain old glowing red nose was a nicer (and easier) nod to his role as a doggy Rudolph in the movie 😛

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 10 – Christmas cookies

You know, I’m sure a lot of families bake and decorate Christmas cookies together, but it’s not something my family ever really did.  When I saw the Christmas cookie prompt for Day 10 of the challenge, all I could really think of are those Pillsbury sugar cookies with the Christmas trees in the center.  So that’s what I went with.  Then I remembered that gingerbread men are sort of a standard for Christmas and added one of them as well.

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This was actually much more difficult than I was anticipating, especially the gingerbread man.  I don’t have my full range of polishes right now, and nothing here at my parents’ house was a good color for gingerbread.  I think I spent more time mixing polishes for that brown color than I did on painting all of the cookies.  But things turned out pretty well and I’m happy with the final result.

Oh, and I got to use my first ever NailNation 3000 polish!  The background color is #captaincamo, which is described as a grassy green with gold flecks.  It was darker than that on my nails, but was still beautiful.  It dries to a suede finish, and is good to go in two coats.  Honestly, it was probably good in one coat, but I did two anyway.

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Isn’t that the perfect background for my Christmas cookie nail art?  I think it was a great choice, and was a fantastic introduction to NailNation 3000 as a brand.  I can’t wait to try out the others that I bought!

CYNA 12 Days of Christmas, Day 9 – Penguins

Well, I’m disappointed that I failed to complete this challenge on time.  I did complete all the prompts, but just didn’t have time in the days since I’ve been home to actually post them.  It’s just been a whirlwind of shopping and spending time with my family.  Now that Christmas has passed, I am still going to make the posts just to show what I came up with.  So on to Day 9’s Penguin prompt!

When I Googled ideas for Christmas penguins, I found a few images of penguins standing on each other to make a tree, so that’s what I wanted to try.  I didn’t like the end result so much though, so I also added a Santa penguin on my index too.

And in case you’re wondering, that gorgeous background is Smitten Polish Shoe Polish, one of the recent group customs for the Smitten Polish Lovers Facebook group.  I am sooo glad I managed to get a bottle, because it is a stunning polish with a heck of a lot going on!

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Like I said, the penguin tree didn’t turn out quite as well as I hoped it would, but it still looks pretty good.  And I love how my Santa penguin came out.  He’s so cute!  I almost wish I had given him some reindeer penguins to pull his sleigh!  Maybe next year, huh?